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Top ten of EE Times Automotive in 2010

December 22, 2010 | Christoph Hammerschmidt | 222901293
Top ten of EE Times Automotive in 2010 Not that it comes as a big surprise, but the year 2010 is about to peter out a good reason to look back and reflect what it brought to automotive electronic designers and the industry. The ten articles most read in 2010 on this site provide a good overview on what occupied the engineers.
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10. BMW demos consumer electronics integration – with a scooter

 This news piece rightly caught a lot of attention. It describes a BMW concept vehicle that shows how far consumer electronics can be integrated into a vehicle – and which functions smartphones can assume in an automobile context. BMW's answer to the integration question is surprising, but logic.

 9:Bosch jumps on e-bike bandwagon

Electric mobility is not restricted to cars and locomotives. E-bikes have already reached production volumes in the millions – and tier one Bosch has announced to claim its piece of the action.

 8. Large Li-ion battery packs: Active balancing improves many parameters – part 2

Lithium ion batteries are the pivotal piece in the electromobility scenario. And in order to keep them in good shape, cell balancing techniques have been in the focus of designer's interest. The article discusses the best methods to maximize the batteries' energy yield and life time.

7. AUTOSAR: New Paths to ECU Software

 A long runner among the topics of the past few years is Autosar. One of the reasons might be that in general it takes quite some time to reach a moving target. Our readers liked this article particularly well – it helps them to define data exchange options along the value chain.

6. Delta-Sigma converters for audio output in an infotainment FPGA

 Not exactly a mainstream topic, but apparently it hit the demand for many infotainment system designers: An article that describes how to use an FPGA to drive audio amplifiers.

 5. Auto hack: What the industry says

This is not a “How-to” article but the result of a poll among automotive OEMs and tier ones. The poll was triggered by a report on scientists having hacked car ECUs – live, during the ride. They even took control of some of the vehicle's most vital systems. A perspective that makes one's blood run cold. EE Times Europe asked the industry if such a hack could been done on the cars we use in our everyday life. The answers are not always calming.

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